Drummond Woodsum Attorneys at Law

Portland, ME        207.772.1941
Portsmouth, NH        603.433.3317
Manchester, NH        603.716.2895
Lebanon, NH        603.448.2221


Real Estate Paralegal
Portland, Maine

Drummond Woodsum is seeking a full time Real Estate Paralegal.  The ideal candidate will be experienced in all phases of real estate transactions including title examinations; preparation of title insurance commitments and policies; drafting deeds and other real estate documents.  Other work will include assisting attorneys with real estate transactions including:  drafting, organizing and preparing documents; coordinating loan closings; funding and disbursement; drafting settlement statements; assisting with closings; coordinating post-closing follow-up including recording documents, organizing and indexing files; and overseeing preparation of closing document binders.

Skill requirements for this position are: understanding of real estate transactions; title examination, analysis and underwriting experience; advanced proficiency in Word and Excel; outstanding writing skills; first-rate customer service; attention to details; exceptional, yet flexible, organizational skills; personal motivation and ability to direct one’s own work.  If you enjoy a challenge and would like to join our top-notch staff, please submit your resume and letter of interest via e-mail to hr@dwmlaw.com. No phone calls, please.

Drummond Woodsum offers a generous benefits package including your choice of medical/dental plans with wellness reimbursements, life insurance, short and long term disability insurance, 401k/Profit Sharing plan, paid holidays, paid vacation, personal and sick time, on-site subsidized parking, longevity bonuses and more.

Legal Assistant
Portland, Maine
Drummond Woodsum is seeking a Legal Assistant to work in our Portland, ME office. Legal Assistants are responsible for carrying out administrative services, providing support to legal professionals by preparing various documents including correspondence, legal forms, and other types of documents, and providing information-management support to enhance attorney/timekeeper effectiveness. This position will support various attorneys in our Business Services Group.
  • Complete administrative duties, such as making copies, answering and directing phone calls, and greeting clients in a professional and courteous manner
  • Produce information by transcribing, formatting, inputting, proofreading, editing, retrieving, copying, scanning and transmitting text, data, and graphics
  • Document preparation by processing edits and red-lining in Word, and conversions and manipulations in PDF
  • Conserve timekeeper time by reviewing, scanning and routing correspondence, reports, legal documents; draft correspondence and documents; prepare and process forms and standard legal documents and filings; collect and analyze information; initiate communications, organize client conferences and attorney meetings; schedule couriers, court reports, expert witnesses, travel and other special functions; coordinate preparation of charts, graphs, presentations and other visuals as needed; prepare expense reports
  • Handle incoming and outgoing mail
  • Communicate with clients
  • Keeping files and corresponding deadlines organized and identified
  • Provide exceptional service to all clients
  • Be accurate, detail-oriented, and have strong attention to detail
  • Take initiative and be proactive; anticipate needs; reach out to become more involved
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills; excellent spelling, punctuation, and grammar skills
  • System proficiency: general knowledge and experience with common software applications, such as Microsoft Office Suite and PDF processing; strong Excel and MS Word skills in particular
  • Motivated to learn and provide work of the highest quality
This is a full-time position, with a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits available. To apply please submit a letter of interest and resume to hr@dwmlaw.com

Special Education / School Law Attorney  
Portland, Maine

Drummond Woodsum is a full service law firm with a busy and thriving school law practice. The firm has offices in Maine and New Hampshire and represents public school districts, charter schools, colleges and other public entities. 

The firm’s Portland office is currently seeking an associate attorney, ideally with 3-5 years of legal experience in special education and student rights law. Our special education lawyers advise clients across the state of Maine on all issues related to special education law, including assisting clients throughout the identification process, reviewing and revising special education policies and procedures, counseling clients on compliance with state and federal disability rights laws, responding to state and federal compliance complaints, and handling state agency due process hearings and complaints as well as federal court appeals.   

  • 3-5 years of legal experience in special education law is strongly preferred.
  • Candidates must have excellent academic credentials, strong research, writing and analytical skills, and be highly motivated.
  • Candidates must have strong interpersonal and advocacy skills for conducting in-district and statewide trainings for school leaders, advising school board clients during public meetings, and handling oral arguments and motions in court. 
  • Litigation and/or administrative hearing experience is a plus.
Drummond Woodsum offers a competitive compensation and benefits package commensurate with experience. Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Jessica Garretson, HR Manager at jgarretson@dwmlaw.com.  All inquiries held in the strictest confidence. No phone calls, please.

Drummond Woodsum is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, veteran's status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, creed, citizenship status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Our Firm's policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment. To achieve our goal of equal opportunity, Drummond Woodsum maintains an affirmative action plan through which it makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire and advance in employment qualified minorities, females, disabled individuals and covered veterans. EOE M/F/V/D

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